Significant Measures to Take After an Accident.
Every time you get into your car, there is always a chance of an accident occurring from you being at fault or other motorists being the cause of the accident. Controlling the occurrence of an accident is impossible but you can always take control of the events that follow after an accident. Below are some important step you ought to take after an accident.
If you are still conscious and of sound mind after an accident, the first thing you need to do is prevent the scenario from escalating and causing further fatalities. The impact on collision may not be severe and your car may be able to move and in such a scenario it is advisable that you take a safety measure and move your car to the side of the road and switch in hazard indicator signals so as to caution other road users. Fleeing from the scene of accident is a hit and run criminal offense punishable by law.
If you are conscious, ensure that you check yourself and all the other passengers in your car and the other car for injuries. If anyone has obtained some severe injuries or the cars are obstructing the road it is recommended that you immediately call in the emergency services.
For major traffic accidents it is highly recommended that you call the police. You insurer may need a copy of the police report when you make a claim with them and this is the main reason you should call the police to the scene and let them make a legal record of the accident. The record is also important when the other party involved in the accident makes a claim against you. If the other driver flees the scene, you suspect that the driver is under the influence, if you think the other driver caused the accident or suspect the other party lacks an insurance cover call the police immediately.
You should also take a step and talk to the other party involved in the accident and ensure that they are okay. As you talk to the other party, try not to apologize and seek their personal information as apologizing may make you look guilty of causing the accident. Don’t discuss or give a detail of what happened unless you are doing it to a police officer. After taking the other parties insurance details take a step of comparing the details in them with the cars specific color and registration details. Taking the photographs of the damage on the car and also the areas around the scene of the accident can come in handy as evidence and also take the contacts of possible witnesses who observed and can give a count of what happened.
Lastly, it is important that you contact the insurance company covering your car after first aid has been administered to you. Notifying your insurer is important so that they can commence processing your claim.